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The Invisibility of Class, and the Hegemony of Conservative Ideas, in Contemporary America

David Coates | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
David Coates

The underlying centrality of class to the nature of our contemporary economic and social condition continues to go largely unacknowledged. It is an acknowledgment that is now long overdue.

Open Bethlehem on Aflamnah: A Passport and the USA Campaign

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.17.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In the last couple of days I've seen two headlines which make Leila Sansour's film-slash-human-rights-movement Open Bethlehem both perfect and important.

Power to the People, But Really: Participatory Democracy in El Salvador

Beverly Bell | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

Estela Hernandez is both a member of the national assembly and a leader in the transformational social movement, La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in rural El Salvador. Here, Hernandez talks about a radical vision and practice of direct, participatory democracy by the citizens.

Nurturing Conscious Digital Natives

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

What exactly is a "digital native" and more importantly, what should we non-"digital native" educators do to help students manage their online identities? That's a question Youth Radio--an Oakland-based, youth-driven media production company--set out to answer, by developing curriculum resources that prepare teachers to nurture conscious youth in the digital world.

The Media vs. the Movement: 3 Ways the 'New York Times' Completely Misunderstands #BlackLivesMatter and Movements in General

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Recently the New York Times published the latest in its series of sub-par articles on the current racial justice movement. Like its predecessors, this installment dutifully reinforces conventional wisdom that does not stand up to challenge.

Transforming Power, Protecting the Environment in El Salvador

Beverly Bell | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in El Salvador is a grassroots, community-led organization of 27,000 families in more than 100 communities. It is transforming economic and political power and the health of the environment, across the department of Usulután.

The Last Lost Generation

Janson Wu | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

Together, if we have the tenacity to strive for an even more just and inclusive world, we can make this generation of young people the first to know what it feels like to, in Leelah's words, always be "treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."

How Change Happens: The Real Story of Mrs. Rosa Parks & The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Paul Schmitz | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I've told the real Rosa Parks story dozens of times to diverse audiences, and have been amazed how few know it. Understanding the truth beyond the myths can help us organize better against current injustices.

#ClimateThanks, Not a Moment Too Soon

Bessie Schwarz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Bessie Schwarz

Today, as Thanksgiving approaches and we reflect on what we are grateful for, thousands are taking to Twitter to celebrate the climate movement with a simple message rarely heard in this doom and gloom issue: Thanks. The message of #ClimateThanks, which has reached millions by now, embodies a profound shift in the climate movement.

A Week of Hope

Ellen van Bever | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Ellen van Bever

Tomorrow will be the culmination of a week of actions for Mothers Out Front. Each day this week we have stood out in front of the Massachusetts State House in order to make a public statement about how urgent and critical the effects of climate change are to the future of our children.

How to Organize Under Plutocracy

Max Berger | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Max Berger

In response to the midterm losses, many progressive are asking what we can do to win elections. How can the progressive community deal with problems like inequality, climate change, immigration, and mass incarceration when we can't decide who serves in office?

Social Movements Gain Momentum in the Fight for Climate Justice

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
Salena Tramel

While welcoming this sense of urgency, tightly knit coalitions of activists stand firm in the belief that communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis hold the real solutions in turning the rising tides -- not the corporate-driven UN agenda.

The Aftermath of Hong Kong Protests: How We Can Do More Than Just Stand Around

Erin Mazursky | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Erin Mazursky

While they appear to be randomized blips on a map, this growing trend of unrest is actually a part of an ever-connected global movement for truly people-powered, open societies that, if successful, can shift not just geopolitics but our fundamental ability to achieve human rights, development, equality, and prosperity in every community around the world.

Branding a Revolution

Tom Silva | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Tom Silva

I've been in the world of marketing and branding for 20 years and I still carefully monitor the meridian between what's brandable and what's not. The ...

One Community at a Time

Julie Barnes | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

I am constantly amazed and inspired by the amazing human beings that I cross paths with on a weekly basis, from the women I work with who are overcoming their fears to follow their dreams, to the people who are out quietly creating change and making an impact in their communities.

Massacred Democracy in Mexico

John M. Ackerman | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
John M. Ackerman

Two recent massacres committed by government officials indicate that the country may be headed towards a rerun of the "dirty wars" of the 1970s, in which the government hunted down and killed or jailed thousands of activists.

How Did Leaders Respond To The People's Climate March?

Pablo Solon | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Pablo Solon

Our main goal in strengthening marches like the one on September 21st is not to target the UN climate negotiations, but to build a movement that is strong enough to challenge and change the capitalist system.

Finding Purpose in Your Past

Julie Barnes | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

So many people let their past define them and keep them a victim. It's when you choose to rise above your life story that your life begins to change. Your story becomes the inspiration you need to find your purpose in life.

Democracy Matters

Jay Mandle | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Obviously, those of us who want to reverse the trend and achieve a more egalitarian America face a formidable challenge: how to reduce the political dominance of the super-rich at a time when they continue to use their wealth to enhance their political clout.

Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Ferguson was not just an event in which police overreacted to heated demonstrations; it's a symptom of a generalized hatred of democracy in this country -- the hatred of the truly bold idea that politics should be the work of everyday people and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

Thank God That Is Happening In #Ferguson and Not Here

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

It's so profoundly important that we, living elsewhere in the U.S., don't squelch the concern in our souls by saying, "Thank God that is happening in Ferguson, Missouri and not here."

Reconstruction or Haiti's Latest Disaster? Tourism Development on Île-à-Vache Island

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

  The following is adapted from a presentation by Jessica Hsu of Other Worlds and Jean Claudy Aristil of Radio VKM Les Cayes at the Executive Sy...

Growing Public Will for Climate Action

Lisa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Lisa Bennett

It should be no surprise that an issue such as global warming has not yet become a popular cause in America -- despite a quarter-century of talk about it, and the fact that a failure to address it undermines humanity's own self-interest.

The Riches of Nature v. Private Property: An Interview With Gerardo Cerdas

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell July 1, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, Cry of...

When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step Back

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

The movement to end poverty in America and to ensure that all families become full stakeholders in the American Dream is no exception.